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Spiritual Disciplines for the Purpose of Godliness | WORSHIP | 4th in Series

2 Aug

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“Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire” — Hebrews 12:28-29.

What comes to mind when you hear the word “worship?” For many it’s the music and songs typical for a Sunday morning church service. While the music and singing can create great joy, the heart of worship is about magnifying God’s name and ascribing to Him the glory and worth that only He is due Psalm 29:2.“Worship is the specific act of ascribing to God the glory, majesty, honor, and worthiness which are His,” — Jerry Bridges.Derived from the Old English “weorthscipe” meaning the “condition of being worthy, dignity, glory, distinction, honor, renown,” “worship” denotes worthiness. It is the outpouring of grateful sincere hearts to our infinetly holy God; blessing Him, praising Him, thanking Him. “It’s the response of awe for God while reflecting on…

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Chocolate, God’s Grace and the Drama of Scripture

29 Mar

iphone 037_opt“So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.” Ephesians 1:6 (NLT)

Recently 24 women from Taft headed up to Big Bear in the San Bernardino mountains for a women’s retreat weekend of worship, connection, and fellowship. Using meaningful activites and devotions designed to celebrate the richness of God’s blessing and His extravagant grace, those present were afforded the opportunity to unpack God’s grace while resting at the feet of Jesus.

Sessions focused on the following:

  1. The first miracle of Jesus (John 2:1-11) where the glory of Christ is revealed and a fullness of grace is shown.
  2. The lowering of a paralyzed man through the roof to Jesus (Mark 2:1-12, Luke 5:17-26, and Matthew 9:2-8) where undeserved grace is experienced through healing.
  3. Extending grace to others in need in the form of a gift from the heart.
  4. The strength of offering grace in tough circumstances (Luke 22:47-51 and John 18:10-11) and receiving the ultimate outpouring of grace (Romans 5:6-8).
  5. Quiet prayer and contemplation in the presence of the Lord.
  6. Grace poured out on the cross; Jesus death, burial, and resurrection.

This was a wonderful experience for the women involved to get to know each other on a deeper more personal level while spending time with the Lord exploring our place in God’s story.

For those of you who attended and loved Michaele’s cooking or those who want to try something new, click here for a delicious lasagna soup recipe.

Additional photos and info here: Taft avenue Community Church | Women’s Ministries

Joy in His Presence – Worship in Spirit and Truth

22 Jul

worshipjoy“These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules”–Matthew 15:8-9

“The purpose of God in sending His Son to die and rise and live and be at the right hand of God the Father was that He might restore to us the missing jewel, the jewel of worship; that we might come back and learn to do again that which we were created to do in the first place – worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness, to spend our time in awesome wonder and adoration of God, feeling and expressing it, and letting it get into our labors and doing nothing except as an act of worship to Almighty God through His Son, Jesus Christ” (A.W. Tozer, Worship The Missing Jewel).

Prepare our hearts Lord that we may honor and praise you with awe and astonishment; magnifying your worthiness.

“You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand”–Psalm 16:11

“God created me—and you—to live with a single, all-embracing, all-transforming passion—-namely, a passion to glorify God by enjoying and displaying his supreme excellence in all the spheres of life. Enjoying and displaying are both crucial. If we try to display the excellence of God without joy in it, we will display a shell of hypocrisy and create scorn or legalism. But if we claim to enjoy his excellence and do not display it for others to see and admire, we deceive ourselves, because the mark of God-enthralled joy is to overflow and expand by extending itself into the hearts of others. The wasted life is the life without a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples” (John Piper, Don’t Waste Your Life).

Prepare our hearts Lord; fill them with the indescribable glorious joy found in the promise and hope of the cross.

“God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth”–John 4:24

“Having the Holy Spirit residing within does not guarantee that we will always worship in spirit and truth, but it does mean we can. To worship God in spirit is to worship from the inside out. It means to be sincere in our acts of worship. No matter how spiritual the song you are singing, no matter how poetic the prayer you are praying, if it isn’t sincere then it isn’t worship, it’s hypocrisy. The balance to worshiping in spirit is to worship in truth. We are to worship according to the truth of Scripture. We worship God as He is revealed in the Bible, not as we might want Him to be. We worship Him as a God of both mercy and justice, of love and wrath, a God who both welcomes into Heaven and condemns into hell. We are to worship in response to truth. If we don’t, we worship in vain” (Donald Whitney, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life).

Prepare our hearts Lord for worship; that we may genuinely come before you.

 

Joy in His Presence

Joy is referred to not once, but 422 times in the Bible. A simple word, it packs a powerful fruit of the Spirit punch.

Joy begins with fellowship in Christ — loving Him and His presence.

The seeds of joy are Holy Spirit planted, rooted, and find life when we spend time in intimate prayer and worship of God. When His Word is rooted in our lives and our hearts find completion in Him alone, joy flourishes.  Simply, when God is bigger than the largest mountain in our lives, joy blossoms.

Need some joy today? Take your Bible, ponder His scriptures on joy and spend time in His presence praying. Fall in love with Christ anew today and allow the joy of the Lord to become your strength.

The remainder of this article can be viewed here: Joy in His Presence – Mentoring Moments.

 

 

 

 

Seeds of the Miraculous

5 Nov

God is purposeful and all-powerful. He has a plan for the history of the universe, and in executing it he governs and controls all created realities. Without violating the nature of things, and without at any stage infringing upon human free will, God acts in, with, and through his creatures to do everything that he wishes to do exactly as he wishes to do it. By this sovereign, overruling action he achieves his goals.

– J.I.Packer – Great Power

Click here to read “Seeds of the Miraculous”, a devotional post by Diane M. Hale at Mentoring Moments for Christian Women

Kyria Blog: Are We Getting Worship Wrong?

5 Oct

Are We Getting Worship Wrong?

And how can we get it at least a little bit right?

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One church I attended for a few years was really, really into the song, “The Heart of Worship” by Matt Redman. Don’t get me wrong—I think it’s a fantastic song. But it began to bother me when we seemed to sing it nearly every Sunday. The song’s lyrics candidly and confessionally speak about how we humans can so easily get worship wrong: it can inadvertently become something about us rather than being focused on God.

Week after week all the congregants in my little church passionately sang about worship, saying, “I’m sorry, Lord, for the thing I’ve made it.” There were definitely times when singing these lyrics was an honest confession for me; I do struggle sometimes with turning times of corporate worship into self-focused experiences. But singing “I’m sorry” week in and week out rubbed me the wrong way. Are we really getting worship “wrong” all the time? I wondered. Do we really need to keep apologizing over and over? Aren’t we getting it at least a little bit right?

Click here to read the full article.

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